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South Gwinnett's literary magazine receives top honor

A literary magazine produced by South Gwinnett High School students received the Most Outstanding High School Magazine for 2007 award from the American Scholastic Press Association, the school district announced.

The association recognized the student staff for their work on The Myriad magazine, which was first created and distributed 16 years ago to showcase the best of student writing, art and photography. Today, The Myriad contains a variety of material, including stories, poems, plays, interviews, translated pieces and reviews, as well as art and photography.

"I am extremely proud of the students who worked so hard all year," said Vicky Guy, a South Gwinnett language arts teacher and staff sponsor of the magazine.

The magazine was given the award in the category for schools with a student enrollment of 2,500 and higher. The Myriad has received several other awards, including a Superior rating in the National Council of Teachers of English's program to recognize excellence in student literary magazines.

This year's student staff of The Myriad includes Hunter Neal, editor-in-chief; Nikki Bales, senior editor; Caitlin Marney, art and photography; Hang Ngyuen, editing; Emily Owens, finances; Eric Ekwueme and Cory Oinkerman, prose; Brendan Benshoof and Cassidy Richards, poetry; Kielyn Jarvis, publicity; and Lapria Showalter, submissions.

Teachers honored as Educators of Distinction

Ten Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers were honored as Educators of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. This international organization, which recognizes academic excellence, honored the Gwinnett educators in December at a recognition program held at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

The Educator of Distinction awards recognize teachers who have made a lasting difference in their classrooms by encouraging students to strive for excellence. Each teacher was nominated by a student society member who cited the educator as making a significant contribution to his/her academic career.

The Gwinnett 2007 Educators of Distinction are:

· Brooks Baggett of North Gwinnett High (nominated by student Tiffany Wagner)

· Brent Csehy of Mill Creek High (nominated by student Cristian Niculas)

· Debbie Dykes of Norcross High (nominated by student Theodore Welsh)

· Bobby Guarnella of Brookwood High (nominated by student Gi Jeong)

· Cindy McDonald of Brookwood High (nominated by student Laura Lancaster)

· Kelli McNary of South Gwinnett High (nominated by student Jennifer Aho)

· William Pickett of Mill Creek High (nominated by student Patricia Mills)

· Don Raymond of North Gwinnett High (nominated by student Erinn King)

· Erin Rose Wilder of Grayson High (nominated by student Emma Mason)

· Brad Williams of Dacula High (nominated by student Degoldyne Francois)

Technical Program to have open house

The Grayson High Technical Education Program invites Gwinnett County Public Schools high school students and their parents to learn more about the program and the courses it offers.

The winter open house is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the technical building located on the Grayson High campus at 50 Hope Hollow Road in Loganville.

The Grayson High Technical Education Program offers courses to Gwinnett junior and senior high school students seeking college preparatory and technical preparatory courses of study.

The program areas include:

· Biotechnology

· Commercial Photography

· Computer Information Technology and Network Systems

· Culinary Arts

· Digital Media Design and Animation

· Environmental and Conservation Science

· Landscape Design and Management

· Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

· Music Recording

· Music Technology

· Technical Theater

· Travel Planning/Hotel and Hospitality Management

· Veterinary Technology

· Video Production and Television Broadcast

The cutting-edge programs offer state-of-the-art technology, equipment and facilities that go beyond what is available in other high school classroom, according to the school district. Instruction takes place in unique facilities that include a commercial training kitchen with a 25-seat presentation and dining area, a climate-controlled greenhouse, an animal demonstration building, a black-box performance area, a professional music recording studio and a TV production studio. The instructors are experts in their industries, with years of education and professional experience.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.